Tuesday 19 September 2017

Irish actors Simon Delaney and Maria Doyle Kennedy bag roles in Hollywood blockbuster

Simon Delaney
Simon Delaney
Sarah Greene, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Oliver Callan and Roddy Doyle at the Abbey Theatre’s Noble Call for Marriage Equality in Dublin yesterday. Photo: VIP Ireland
Comedian Brendan O'Carroll on the set of 'Mrs Brown's Boys – D'Movie' in Dublin
Maria Doyle Kennedy and Liam O Maonlai perform during the celebrations at IMMA. Collins
Actors Simon Delaney and Laurence Kinlan at The 13th Ronnie Whelan Golf Classic
Simon Delaney in a guest appearance on The Good Wife
Irish actor Simon Delaney, US actor Judd Hirsch, US actor Sean Penn, Irish actress Eve Hewson, Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, Scottish born musician David Byrne, Israeli actor Liron Levo and German actor Heinz Lieven pose on the red carpet before the screening of "This Must Be The Place" presented in competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2011 in Cannes.

Elaine McCahill

Irish actor Simon Delaney has been cast in a new supernatural thriller Stateside.

He has just started his new gig on TV3's Saturday AM but Simon Delaney has already had to take a break to star in a new film.

Simon Delaney
Simon Delaney

The 45-year-old has been cast in Hollywood blockbuster The Conjuring 2.

Directed by James Wan, the supernatural thriller is based on events recorded by demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren.

Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson will reprise their roles as the Warrens and travel to London to help a single mother who is plagued by malicious spirits.

It is not known what role Delaney will have, but it's set to be another big break for the actor, as the first film had the largest ever opening for an original horror film, earning more than €285m.

Actress and singer Maria Doyle Kennedy
Actress and singer Maria Doyle Kennedy

Simon won't be the only Irish actor on set as Maria Doyle Kennedy, known for toles in The Tudors and Downton Abbey, has also signed on for a part.

Delaney's break comes as no surprise to TV3 as Simon has it written into his contract that he could leave if Hollywood ever came calling.

Bronagh with her Commitments co-stars Angeline Ball and Maria Doyle Kennedy
Bronagh with her Commitments co-stars Angeline Ball and Maria Doyle Kennedy

"It's in my contract that if I'm on tour with a show or if a role comes up I can take it and they'll have someone stand in for me," he told The Herald.

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